Welcome to the Weighted Lottery!

COVID-19 River Update, Oct-7-2020. Since June 14, 2020 Grand Canyon National Park has been in the first stage of a phased opening of the Colorado River. This phase will continue until park leadership and health officials mandate otherwise. From mid-June through the first half of September total launches were reduced to 75% of Colorado River Management Plan (CRMP) limits. The park also offered trip leaders, either who had their river trips cancelled by the park or who chose on their own to cancel due to COVID-19 concerns, the opportunity to defer their launch date by exactly two years. This offer remains available to all trip leaders with trips scheduled to launch through the end of February 2021 (but only for those trips won in lotteries before April 2020). Now that we are in the slower river season, the Superintendent has authorized the River Office to resume normal CRMP limits and launch patterns through April 2021. Consequently, we are once again holding follow-up lotteries to re-release previously cancelled launch dates. Anyone who applies in a follow-up lottery is expected to be aware of potential COVID-19 risks and, as a result, awarded launch dates cannot be deferred. River trips are expected to adhere to health guidelines, not share river camps, limit size of gatherings, avoid tribal lands, and carefully monitor all trip members. (details at https://grcariverpermits.nps.gov/pdf/COVID-19_River_Update.pdf)

For status updates regarding open and closed areas of Grand Canyon National Park visit https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/grand-canyon-national-park-public-health-update.htm


  • CLOSED: 2020 Follow-up Lottery, 10-8-2020
    • Oct 6, 2020 - Oct 8, 2020 12pm MST

If you have a profile, login:

...or, if you have never visited this site before, create a profile.

Anyone applying for a noncommercial Colorado River rafting trip (or listed as a PATL on one) must have a profile in this system!

There are three ways to know a lottery has opened.

Use this website to submit lottery applications for noncommercial Colorado River rafting permits:

  1. Create and manage your user profile, which contains your contact information, points, river trip history, and all lottery applications you've submitted or are listed on.
  2. Create and submit a lottery application for a noncommercial (private) river trip when a lottery is open.
  3. Pay lottery application costs.

In addition, you may also use this website to:

For more information about the weighted lottery visit www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/weightedlottery.htm (opens in new window) or contact us at 800-959-9164 or 928-638-7843 (8am-noon MST, Mon-Fri) or grca_riv(insert the at symbol here)nps(insert a dot here)gov.

Permitting Process Overview

The following is a quick overview of the permitting process. A more detailed description of each step in the application and permitting process is given here.

Step 1: Create a profile. All persons listed as either a trip leader or a Potential Alternate Trip Leader (PATL) on a river lottery application must have a user account (profile) in this system.

Step 2: Login and create your application. Once you have a profile (and a lottery is open), you can login at any time before the lottery is run to create and submit a lottery application.

Step 3: Submit your completed application. All PATLs listed on your application must login to this system and accept their PATL status before the lottery drawing date; PATLs failing to do so will not be included in your lottery application.

Step 4: Pay launch year lottery application cost. A completed application is not active until costs are paid. Lottery applicants are required to pay a lottery application cost once per launch year. Once an application cost has been paid for a launch year, you can apply in all later lotteries for that launch year for no additional fee. Pay the lottery application cost through this website.

Step 5: Lottery occurs on designated date. After the lottery, you will be notified of the success/failure of your lottery application by email. You can login at any time to view the status of your lottery application. If you win a launch date, you pay a trip deposit.

Step 6: Complete a river permit application, draft trip participant list, and pay final permit costs. If successful in the lottery, you will complete a noncommercial river permit application and pay your river permit costs. You will also submit a draft trip participant list. All of these are done online through this website. (detailed cost information can be found on the FAQ page at How much are permit costs?)

Step 7: River permit is issued. When the above steps are complete, the Grand Canyon River Permit Office will issue your river permit.


NPS Form 10-404 (Rev. 04/2017)
OMB Control No. 1024-0022
National Park Service
Expiration Date 08/31/2020



Notice Regarding the Use of Cell/Satellite Phones and Personal Locator Beacons

Communication devices may be helpful, but do not guarantee your safety or rescue. It is your responsibility to accept the risks inherent with your trip and to be self-reliant in the event of an emergency.

Privacy Act Statement

General: This information is provided pursuant to Public Law 93-579 (Privacy Act of 1974), December 21, 1984, for individuals completing this form.

Authority: 54 U.S.C. §100101, NPS Organic Act; 16 U.S.C. 1131-1136, Wilderness Act; 43 U.S.C. §1701 et seq., the Federal Land Policy and Management Act; 54 U.S.C. §200301-200310, Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, as amended; 16 U.S.C. §6801-6814, the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act; 36 CFR Part 71, Recreation Fees; and, 36 CFR 1.6, Permits.

Purpose and Uses: To establish and verify an applicant's eligibility for a permit to conduct certain activities within the National Park System and to process permits for individual members of the public and organizations interested in obtaining a permit authorizing an activity. Information collected will be used to provide the public and permittees with permit-related information, to monitor activities conducted under a permit, to analyze data and produce reports to monitor the use park resources, to assess the impact of permitted activities on the conservation and management of protected species and their habitats, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the permit programs. The DOI and NPS may use the information to meet reporting requirements, to generate budget estimates and track performance, and to assist park staff with visitors' education, fee collection, resource management and protection, recreational use planning, law enforcement and public safety personnel for such purposes as emergency contact and search and rescue efforts; to provide permit holders and participants with information about parks and their partners; and to provide reports of activities conducted under an issued permit.

Based on the disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act, the National Park Service may share information with first responders and Federal, state, and local governments to provide information needed to locate an individual or render aid in an emergency; to recover debts owed to the United States; to respond to a violation or potential violation of the law; in response to a court order and/or discovery purposes related to litigation; or other authorized routine use when the disclosure is compatible with the purpose for which the records were compiled.

Effects of Nondisclosure: It is in your best interest to answer all of the questions. The U.S. Criminal Code, Title 18 U.S.C. 1001, provides that knowingly falsifying or concealing a material fact is a felony that may result in fines of up to $10,000 or 5 years in prison, or both. Deliberately and materially making false or fraudulent statements on this form will be grounds for not granting you a Backcountry/Wilderness Use Permit.

Information Regarding Disclosure of Your Social Security Number Under Public Law 93-579 Section 7(b): Your Social Security Number is not needed to complete this form.

Paperwork Reduction Act Statement

We are collecting this information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501) and 36 CFR 1-7, 12 and 13 which authorize the National Park Service to require applicants to fill out this form to monitor resources and to protect visitors. This information is being collected to allow the park management to make value judgments necessary to enhance the safety and enjoyment of both the visitors and wildlife. All applicable parts of the form must be completed in order for your request to be considered. You are not required to respond to this or any other Federal agency-sponsored information collection unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Estimated Burden Statement

Public Reporting burden for this form is estimated to average 8 minutes per response, including the time it takes for reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining data, and completing and reviewing the form. Comments regarding this burden estimate or any aspect of this form should be sent to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr. (MS-242), Reston, VA 20192.